Windfall (TV series)

Windfall is an American serial drama television series about a group of people in an unnamed small city who win almost $400 million in a lottery. The series created by Laurie McCarthy and Gwendolyn M. Parker and premiered on June 8, 2006 on NBC, taking the time slot occupied by ER during the rest of the year.

GenreSerial drama
Created byLaurie McCarthy
Gwendolyn M. Parker
StarringSarah Wynter
Jason Gedrick
Jon Foster
Alice Greczyn
Malinda Williams
Jaclyn DeSantis
Lana Parrilla
Luke Perry
D.J. Cotrona
Opening theme"Anything You Want" by Josephine Conigliaro
Composer(s)Bennett Salvay
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Running time60 minutes (inc. commercials)
Production company(s)Joyful Girl Productions
Regency Television
Fox Television Studios
Original networkNBC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJune 8 
August 31, 2006 (2006-08-31)

On August 31, 2006, NBC announced the show's cancellation by stating on its website that the episode that night would be the series finale. Controversially, NBC also gave local affiliates the option of showing pre-season football instead and showing the final episode at each affiliates discretion. Many affiliates took them up on this, planning to show it either much later that night or at other odd days/times during the Labor Day weekend (for example, WNBC-TV in New York planned to show the episode at 12:30pm on September 3, 2006).

In the United Kingdom and Middle East the show has been picked up by Five Life and Showtime Arabia respectively. It is also shown in Ireland on the channel 3e weekdays at 3pm.

Cast members


The show was developed in early 2005 by Regency Television for Fox. At the time the show was known as Ticket To Ride.[1] After ordering the pilot Fox decided to pass on the series. In June 2005 it was announced that NBC had picked up the series and would be shooting a new pilot. It was also confirmed that co-creator Gwendolyn Parker would no longer be involved with the show as she had moved on to work on Without a Trace.[2]

Episode list

Windfall ranked 164 for the 2005-06 television season with an average of 5.510 million viewers.[3] Due to the finale episode being preëmpted in many markets it is not even counted among the shows aired in primetime that week and thus there is no ratings for it.

# Title Directed by Written by Ratings
U.S. viewers
Original air date
1"Pilot"David SemelLaurie McCarthy, Gwendolyn M. Parker3.49.040[4]June 8, 2006 (2006-06-08)
2"The Getaway"Fred KellerLaurie McCarthy3.17.790[5]June 15, 2006 (2006-06-15)
3"There and Gone Again"Harry WinerP.K. Simonds2.4N/AJune 22, 2006 (2006-06-22)
4"Running with the Devil"Tawnia McKiernanLaurie McCarthy, Joy Gregory2.04.730[6]June 29, 2006 (2006-06-29)
5"Money Changers"Steve RobmanFrank Military1.94.490[7]July 6, 2006 (2006-07-06)
6"White Knights"Gil JungerP.K. Simonds, Stephen Hootstein1.84.810[8]July 13, 2006 (2006-07-13)
7"Changing Partners"Ellen S. PressmanP.K. Simonds, Laurie McCarthy2.04.980[9]July 20, 2006 (2006-07-20)
8"Answered Prayers"Bethany RooneyMark B. Perry1.8N/AJuly 27, 2006 (2006-07-27)
9"The Myth of More"Matt ShakmanOliver Goldstick1.7N/AAugust 3, 2006 (2006-08-03)
10"Crash Into You"David PaymerLaurie McCarthy, Nancy Oliver1.8N/AAugust 10, 2006 (2006-08-10)
11"Truth Be Told"Harry WinerBrett Mahoney, P.K. Simonds2.15.450[10]August 17, 2006 (2006-08-17)
12"Urgent Care"Ellen S. PressmanTodd Eliassen, Mark B. Perry1.9N/AAugust 24, 2006 (2006-08-24)
13"Priceless"Fred KellerLaurie McCarthy, P.K. Simonds1.3N/A[11]August 31, 2006 (2006-08-31)

See also


  1. Schneider, Michael (January 27, 2005). "Couples and money drive pilot orders". Variety. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  2. Schneider, Michael (June 27, 2005). "Peacock's planning". Variety. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  3. "SEASON PROGRAM RANKINGS (Part 2) FROM 09/19/05 THROUGH 09/10/06" (Press release). ABC Medianet. September 12, 2006. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  4. "WEEKLY PROGRAM RANKINGS FROM 06/05/06 THROUGH 06/11/06" (Press release). ABC Medianet. June 13, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  5. "WEEKLY PROGRAM RANKINGS FROM 06/12/06 THROUGH 06/18/06" (Press release). ABC Medianet. June 29, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  6. "WEEKLY PROGRAM RANKINGS FROM 06/26/06 THROUGH 07/02/06" (Press release). ABC Medianet. July 5, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  7. "WEEKLY PROGRAM RANKINGS FROM 07/03/06 THROUGH 07/09/06" (Press release). ABC Medianet. July 11, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  8. "WEEKLY PROGRAM RANKINGS FROM 07/10/06 THROUGH 07/16/06" (Press release). ABC Medianet. July 18, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  9. "WEEKLY PROGRAM RANKINGS FROM 07/17/06 THROUGH 07/23/06" (Press release). ABC Medianet. July 25, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  10. "WEEKLY PROGRAM RANKINGS FROM 08/14/06 THROUGH 08/20/06" (Press release). ABC Medianet. August 22, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
  11. "WEEKLY PROGRAM RANKINGS FROM 08/28/06 THROUGH 09/03/06" (Press release). ABC Medianet. September 6, 2010. Retrieved September 15, 2010.
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